Keith Bintley Ltd was formally established in 2010 but its heritage stretches far further back. The principal began his career in costs over 20 years ago when working for a large London firm of solicitors that became Eversheds, London. Keith met his colleagues while they were all directors of a national firm of costs lawyers and he was the training director.
The firm aspires to quality, or as the strapline summarises the ambition ‘law costs excellence.’ For this reason all fee earners are members of the Association of Cost Lawyers which requires its members to undertake a rigorous vocational and academic training course.
The Ministry of Justice independently recognised the pivotal role costs lawyers play in modern law when the Association of Costs Lawyers was granted advocacy rights in 2007.
The fee earners have extensive experience at the highest level and have dealt with government departments, FTSE 100 companies as well as a wide range of solicitors.
The firm’s advocates have been involved in hundreds of hearings, ranging from provincial county court applications to the Privy Council. The firm’s particular expertise is in the domain of city work supplemented by solicitor client disputes, often regarded as the most demanding area of costs law.
The firm is instructed by a number of high profile clients and has been involved in notable cases. On occasion, costs cases have been successfully taken to the Court of Appeal and its fee earners have a string of reported cases.
Costs law never stays the same for long, but the principles of accuracy and reasonableness never change. The advent of the Jackson reforms will once again remind the legal profession that the issue of costs is never far from the public, or private eye.